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    I am going to do a triathlon!!!!! (but I need help)

    Hey guys, I am running a triathlon !! But right now I am out of shape. . I am Homer Simpson out of Shape. Is it possible to get into shape for one of these things by June, also I am not a really good swimmer is it psoible to learn how to do that by June.

    I know my goals are VERY HIGH, but I think I am reach them.

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    you have plenty of time to train and are able to take it slow, i was borderline Homer Simpson and I'm doing it, and I didn't have near the time you've got to train.

    Read the stuff above, take it slow, and enjoy. I know I have and I've lost almost 20+ pounds in 6 weeks.
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    Go check out some training plans at beginnertriathlete.com. I think there's a "couch-to-sprint" plan that might suit you well...

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    I am training for my first Triathlon as well! Yes, yes, yes, you have enough time if you really want it. I am training for mine in about the same time frame. What I did was start with the hardest thing first. For me, it was running. Then a month later I added swimming, and a couple of weeks later biking. I joined a gym with a pool. Now I go 3-4 times a week. On those days I walk/run 30 minutes, bike 30 minutes on a stationary bike, and I swim 30 minutes. If I can do this, you can! I'm certainly not concentrating on winning the Triathlon...on this one I just want to finish. I already feel accomplished doing three sports that I would have never done without the training. It is a great feeling!

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    Last edited by rumrunn6; 02-23-10 at 12:13 PM.
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    Your Goal for the first Tri would be just to finish.
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    well that kind of depends on which triathlon. a sprint, yes, an Ironman, absolutely not. You should be able to finish a sprint by june

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    In 6 months I lost 30kg and trained for my 1st sprint try, just comes down to how determined you are! Certainly achievable in that time, join a local tri club and/or find a mentor, mine started out a little over weight and in three years Competed at kona. Go hard!

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    Thanks for all the good advice . I am sure I would be ready. It is a small one . Swimming 3000 m, 9 mile ride, and 5 k run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybsmooth View Post
    Thanks for all the good advice . I am sure I would be ready. It is a small one . Swimming 3000 m, 9 mile ride, and 5 k run.
    Woah wait, you mean 300m right?

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    yeah 300 lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybsmooth View Post
    yeah 300 lol

    It could certainly be possible. I recommend this book a lot, it's called Triathlon Training in 4 Hours a Week by Eric Haar. The name may be a tad misleading, but what I appreciate most about it is how accessible it makes that first event. It will guide you through a simple fitness evaluation (from couch potato up), and then suggest some very basic, fitness appropriate training plans. The longest one runs about 8 weeks. You can get it on Amazon, and used it's pretty cheap, around $4 I think. We very breifly review the book on our site. We don't sell it, or receive any benefit from recommending it - I've read it though and watched others use it successfully. You might also check out some of our beginner tips. Triathlon is a fantastic sport, get ready for a wild ride!
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